Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Twins Minor League Scoreboard for April 15, 2008

Richmond 3 at Rochester 4 (8 innings)

Record 5 - 7

W: B. Korecky (2-0, 0.00); L: M. DeSalvo (1-1, 3.60)
HR: RIC: J. Anderson (1).

From Howie Clark hit a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning to give the Red Wings a 4-3 win over the Richmond Braves in the first game of a doubleheader that was scheduled for seven innings on Tuesday night.

In the opener, the Wings started fast right out of the gates.

After a scoreless inning by Red Wings starter Phil Humber, the Red Wings took very little time to get him the lead. Alexi Casilla started with a lead-off double after battling for multiple pitches with Braves starter Jon Rouwenhorst. Jason Pridie followed with a triple to score Casilla and put himself in position for Buscher to score him in the next at-bat with a looping double to right-center field.

Buscher scored two batters later when Macri hit a single into left field, making the score 3-0 after the first inning.

The Braves scored their first run of the game in the third inning when lead-off hitter Josh Anderson hit an inside-the-park home run to right field. It was the first time an opponent has hit an inside-the-parker since Ottawa Lynx outfielder Brad Wilkerson did it on Aug. 28, 2000 in Ottawa.

The Braves' second run came when Lillibridge scored after stealing second and advancing on a fielding error, making the score 3-2.

The tying run came in for Richmond in the fourth when J.C. Holt came in on a fielder's choice by Lillibridge. After Holt scored, Mariano Gomez relieved Humber and struck out Brandon Jones. Humber finished with 3 2/3 innings allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and striking out four.

Gomez and Braves reliever Phil Stockman battled until extra innings were needed. Gomez retired all 10 batters he faced and struck out three of them. Stockman's line was nearly identical to Gomez. The only difference was that he struck out one more batter.

After Gomez left, Red Wings closer Bobby Korecky came into the game to start pitching the eighth.

Richmond almost took the lead in the top of the eighth. DH Barbaro Canizares hit a lead-off double and was replaced on the basepaths by pinch-runner Reggie Taylor. The next batter, Joe Borchard, hit a single to left and Taylor was rounding third base.

Enter Tommy Watkins.

Watkins nailed Taylor at the plate to keep the 3-3 tie intact. Despite only having one out after that play, the Braves couldn't get another runner across.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Wings loaded the bases after Pridie singled, Buscher walked, and Jones singled. Next at the plate was Clark. Clark worked reliever Matt DeSalvo (1-1) to a 3-1 count and laced a single over Holt's head to scored Pridie for the Wings' first run since the first inning.

Korecky (2-0) earned the win, allowing two hits and walking one.


Rochester 3 at Richmond 4 (7 innings)

Record 5 - 8

W: C. Morton (1-0, 1.69); L: C. Daigle (0-2, 4.91); SV: Z. Schreiber (3)
HR: ROC: D. McDonald (1).

From In the nightcap, Richmond's Charlie Morton and Zach Schreiber held off the Wings in a 4-2 R-Braves win. Matt Macri knocked in two Rochester runs, and Darnell McDonald homered for the Wings.

Morton, Richmond's rookie game two starter, brought an 0.87 ERA into the game after his first two Triple-A starts. Red Wings relievers Casey Daigle was making a spot start for Rochester. The combination of game two's late starting time (9:21 pm) and temperature (44°) almost insured a quickly played contest; but the game slowed down at Daigle's expense in the second inning. Richmond strung together four singles and a sacrifice fly to go ahead 2-0. By the third inning, Daigle had thrown 48 pitches and gave way to Ricky Barrett.

Morton worked around Rochester hits in the first and third, and a second inning walk. In the fourth, Brian Buscher and Clark hit back-to-back singles to put the tying runs on base, but Morton got a flyout from Randy Ruiz. Jose Morales stung a shot to short that Brent Lillibridge couldn't handle for an error; but Macri followed with a first pitch swing that resulted in a flyball to right to end the threat.

Barrett pitched one inning, with Heath Totten bailing out Barrett and the Wings in the fourth. Totten came in with two runners on and struck out Lillibridge to end a Richmond threat. The Braves added a run off Totten in the fifth on Scott Thorman's double.

Rochester had shot in the sixth. Braves left fielder Brandon Jones made a great catch to take a home run away from Buscher to start the inning, and hits by Clark and Morales put two runners on with two outs. Macri lofted a double to the deepest part of the ballpark in left-center, bringing in Clark and Morales to make it a 4-2 contest. Morton exited in favor of Schreiber, who struck out Chris Basak to end the rally.

Carmen Cali pitched one inning of relief, fanning one. With two outs in the seventh, McDonald homered to left and Buscher singled to right. But Schreiber got Clark to line out, ending the game.

NOTES: Garrett Jones left the first game with a bruised knee, after colliding with the outfield wall on Anderson's homer. Jones did not play in the second game...

Inductees into the International League's Hall of Fame will be presented with a special memento to honor their designation among the League’s immortals. The International League’s 125th Anniversary Committee has commissioned the creation of a statue -- "The Curtain Call" -- which will be presented to members of the IL Hall of Fame upon their formal induction. Red Wings inductees, including Joe Altobelli, Morrie Silver and Russ Derry, will be honored here on June 28....

Watkins and Darnell McDonald wore uniform number 42 Tuesday in celebration of the 2008 Jackie Robinson Day. On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers....

More than 330 players and on-field staff members from the 30 Major League Clubs planned to wear number 42 Tuesday; the Minnesota Twins players and staff members who participated: Matt Guerrier, Livan Hernandez, Craig Monroe, Denard Span, Jerry White and Delmon Young...

From Twins RHP Kevin Slowey reported feeling no discomfort in his strained right biceps muscle on Tuesday, one day after testing it by throwing off a mound for the first time since sustaining the injury. Slowey has been on the DL since Friday...

Twins SS Adam Everett's sore right shoulder has become enough of a concern that he will have it evaluated by team doctors when the club returns home on Wednesday.


New Britain 2 at New Hampshire 4

Record 5 - 5

W: S. Richmond (1-2, 4.32); L: R. Mullins (1-1, 1.59); SV: M. Gallo (1)
HR: NBR: B. Peterson (2), L. Hughes (1). NHM: J. Butler (1).

From New Hampshire's Scott Richmond pitched a gem, limiting the Rock Cats to one run on four hits in seven innings, as the Fisher Cats topped the Rock Cats, 4-2.

Richmond (1-2, 4.32) struck out seven and walked none. He topped the performance of Rock Cats' starter Ryan Mullins.

Mullins (1-1, 1.59) turned in a solid start of his own, allowing two runs on five hits through six innings. Kyle Aselton added a scoreless inning in relief, stretching his total appearances without a run to three.

The Fisher Cats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a solo shot by Jacob Butler. In the third, Ryan Klosterman doubled, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Chris Gutieirrez to widen the gap.

Brock Peterson's solo home run in the seventh cut the lead in half, 2-1. In the eighth, though, New Hampshire's Erik Kratz delivered a two-run single in the eighth to put away the Rock Cats.

Luke Hughes homered for the Rock Cats in the top of the ninth, but that was all the Rock Cats could muster off Mike Gallo. Seth Overbey tossed a scoreless eighth before Gallo finished the game off and picked up his first save.

Erik Lis was 0-for-3 and is now batting .097. Iris asked after Steve Tolleson. He's played in 8 games, has 4 run on 5 hits in 27 at bats for a .185 average. While rumors continue to swirl about Trevor Plouffe taking up pitching, his .235 average is good for 5th among Rock Cat batters.


Dayton 6 at Beloit 8 (11 innings)

Record 5 - 8

W: M. Williams (1-0, 2.38); L: E. Del Rosario (1-1, 2.57)
HR: DAY: T. Frazier (5), K. Jones (1), D. Phipps (1). BEL: C. Parmelee (4).

From Chris Parmelee has had some good games in his short career in the minors, but this one might take the cake. The Minnesota Twins' 2006 first round draft pick had a career-high seven RBIs and hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the eleventh inning to give the Snappers a 8-6 victory Tuesday night.

The game started off in the Snappers favor when the defending Western Division Champs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Back-to-back sacrifice flies from Garrett Olson and Chris Parmelee put the Snaps ahead after the first inning.

Dayton then jumped in front with one run in the top of the second and two more in the top of the third to take a 3-2 lead.

Beloit followed the Dragons outburst with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning to take back the lead, 4-3. Parmelee delivered a two-run single to left, scoring Steve Singleton and Garrett Olson and putting the Snappers back on top.

Parmelee struck again for the Snappers in bottom of the fifth inning with a two-run double to center, scoring Joe Benson and Garrett Olson and putting them up 6-3. Chris' double was his fourth of the season.

After the Dragons scored one in the top of the eighth, the game got heated in the top half of the ninth inning. Dayton tied the game up at 6-6 on a wild pitch from Beloit's Matt Williams. Williams' wild pitch not only allowed Dayton to tie the game, but it also led to a disputed call by the base umpire that, in turn, led to three Beloit ejections. Snappers manager Nelson Prada, shortstop Garrett Olson and reserve catcher Greg Yersich all got ejected from the game for arguing an interference error by Olson. Williams got out of the inning one batter later by striking out Dayton's Todd Frazier.

Both teams were held scoreless in the tenth and entered the eleventh inning tied at 6-6.

Matt Williams sent the Dragons down in order in the top of the eleventh and the Snappers entered the bottom half ready to send the fans home happy.

Steve Singleton reached first on a base hit with one out, and after a Chris Cates fly out to right, the man of the night stepped to the plate. Chris Parmelee took Dayton's Enerio Del Rosario deep over the right field wall to give the Snappers the win and improve their record to 5-8.

Beloit starter Michael McCardell went seven innings and struck out a season-high nine batters while picking up a no-decision.

BDN (Tuesday)
Reds extend affiliation w/Dragons

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